Weird stuff has to happen for a pitcher to get a perfect game. I mean, weird.
So you can bet some strange happenings went down six years ago at U.S. Cellular Field when Mark Buehrle tossed a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Dewayne Wise, who was brought in in the 9th inning as a defensive replacement, made this catch in the final frame to rob Gabe Kapler of a home run.
Kapler never stood a chance.
Ramon Castro played in only 91 games for the White Sox over three years and one of them happened to be behind the plate of a perfect game.
Josh Fields played five years in the majors and hit just 34 home runs but none might have been bigger than his grand slam in the 2nd inning against Rays' starter Scott Kazmir to give the South Siders the lead for good.
There's also a new Chicago connection to what went down on July 23, 2009: Cubs manager Joe Maddon was the skipper of the Rays the day Buehrle tossed his perfect game.
In fact, Maddon has become a perfect-game magnet as of late. Three of the last four perfect games in the American League came against the Rays when Maddon was at the helm.
It's time to embrace the weird even more:
Enjoy the final out again, White Sox fans.
When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).
Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)
He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).
He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00). Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
White Sox Talk Podcast